LGBTQ Inclusivity in the Classroom

Studies have shown LGBTQ students are more likely to be bullied at school, which can lead to missed classes and a higher risk of suicide. For those kids, a teacher who knows how to be inclusive can make a big difference, but many teachers aren’t sure how to do that. Over the years, gender and sexual identity have evolved, and not everyone has kept up.  A Queer Endeavor helps teachers navigate questions like how to…

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Winter Break Activities 2018

Looking for winter break activities to keep your kids busy and having fun? Check out our list for some great ideas. Happy holidays! Boston Pops Christmas Concert When: Sun 12/16/18 Where: 50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Age: any Cost: $49-$129 per person Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and for their annual Holiday Pops concert! Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England,…

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The Problem with Multiple Choice Questions

The use of multiple choice questions has been derided by educators for decades as incapable of truly measuring understanding. While performance on such exams can be noticeably improved simply by learning a few tricks, the multiple choice question may have a larger, less obvious flaw that disrupts the tone of learning itself. This is a tone that is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century as access to information increases, as the updating of information…

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December 2018 SSAT Locations

The next SSAT test date is fast approaching; Saturday, December 8th will be here before we know it. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the locations for the December SSAT test. Note: this list applies to the Middle/Upper Level Standard SSAT test only. Applewild School 120 Prospect Street Fitchburg, MA 01420 Bancroft School 110 Shore Drive Worcester, MA 01605 Beacon Academy Simmons College Main Campus Building 300 The Fenway Boston, MA 02215…

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When Students Say “I Can’t Do This”

When classroom tasks get a little too difficult, it’s common for teachers to hear “I can’t do this” from their students. Most at-risk kids have some self-defeating behaviors, including those that result in personal failure, and even students who don’t face extra challenges in the classroom get frustrated. Helping students push past their self-perceived limitations results in the beginnings of success. This leads into a success building upon success behavioral cycle. In order to get…

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Asking Smart Questions with the Question Game

A four-year-old asks about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions, and as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking smart questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train…

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We Provide Services for Students on School Leave

We work with schools to provide services for students with a variety of needs. If you’re looking for academic support, either for short-term or long-term contracts, we have tutors with experience working with students: With behavioral difficulties (including students out on suspension) With emotional difficulties (including anxiety and PTSD) On medical leave/treatment Special Education Certified teachers are available to work with students with: ADD/ADHD Executive Functioning Delays Non-Verbal Learning Disorders Autism Spectrum/Asperger Syndrome Speech/Language/Cognitive Delays…

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November Break Holiday Activities 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We hope you are able to enjoy some of these fun holiday activities with your families during the November break. Holiday Trellis Lighting When: Mon 11/19/18 Where: Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave, North End Time: 5:00 PM Age: Any Cost: Free Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh in Boston to celebrate the 16th annual lighting of Christopher Columbus Park’s signature trellis. The park’s 260 feet of trellis are illuminated with 50,000 blue…

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Holiday Food Banks for Donation

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about people with food insecurity. People with food insecurity do not have access to sufficient amounts of food. Since it is the season of giving, please consider donating food or other resources to the following food banks. Merrimack Valley Food Bank The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is a community-supported, non-profit organization that provides nutritional food and personal care items to emergency feeding programs serving…

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Thinking of Studying Abroad in College?

For many people, the idea of studying abroad in Europe is attractive, but what about for an entire degree?  While it sounds like the domain of only the super-wealthy or geniuses, the fact is that just about anyone can study abroad in Europe for an entire degree.  Best of all, there are a number of really great advantages to doing so.  Saving Time and Money First of all, you can expect to save a lot…

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